Monday, November 30, 2015

East of Eden - A sad saga

I have posted about this mural before because I think the final result is stunning. I am posting again to say we are pulling it from our line! You need a little history to understand it's significance.

We were called in by a client to stabilize and enhance a crumbling and unidentified old wallpaper in Dedham, MA.

The stabilization was done to the crumbling and pealing paper with wallpaper paste and a hypodermic needle and then Gardz to bind the powdering old paper and wall.

Finally, Lena Fransioli and Brooke Sheldon painted the sky and added the colors to the foreground details in small, block print like, brush strokes. The result was spectacular.

Because I thought the paper was out of production, and the girls had painted it so beautifully, I photographed it in detail and turned it into wallpaper and since Brooke's husband wanted a mural in their house, I printed it for her living room. She and her family were thrilled.

Last week, I got an inquiry into the East of Eden paper. This new "potential client" said they had found it in Architectural Digest, March 2012. It turns out it is Zuber's “Les Lointains. It hangs proudly in Brooke Shields' dining room. Sadly, I can not sell this pattern because, though Lena and Brooke painted the colors, the original pattern is not ours to sell.  Darn, I really thought it was an "out of print" antique paper & I put in a huge amount of time processing it into something printable and beautiful, if I don't say so myself. Happy holidays all.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Thanksgiving Wallpaper Install

First, let me apologize for being MIA. I got burned out posting "wallpaper-a-day" and had to stay away for a while.

Now that you have recovered from eating to much, I have this for you.

Just before our Thanksgiving guests arrived, I decided to spruce up our powder room with a very textural wallpaper pattern "Textile" (TE2758). This pattern is inspired by 5th century Persian textiles. For this install, I chose to print on a non-woven substrate, for a fabric like feel, at 68% which gave me a 7.75" W. x 21.5" H. repeat. First, I hung lining paper to cover hair line cracks in this old house and add structure for a better end result.

If you have 100 seconds to spare, I made a time lapse video of the install process for your viewing pleasure.

Happy holidays to all.